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Tuesday, 6 April 1971

Senator POYSER - My question is addressed to the Minister for Civil Aviation. Have secret negotiations taken place between the Department of Civil Aviation or any other Commonwealth department and a company known as the Tullamarine Syndicate or any other company for the purchase of land near the Tullamarine Airport? If so, was the purchase price of this land approximately$2. 6m plus 100 acres of land situated in Milleara Road, Avondale Heights, which at present is occupied by the Army? Does the total price, including the 100 acres of land, reach the figure of approximately S3m? Was the land near the Tullamarine Airport purchased for $300,000 8 years ago, when it was zoned as rural land? Has this land been bought and sold on a number of occasions since its original purchase? Were the companies that bought and sold this land interlocking companies? If so, will the Minister initiate a full scale inquiry into the deals, which will cost the Commonwealth $3m for land which was purchased originally 8 years ago for a tenth of that amount?

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